As a new homeowner, you have a couple options when it comes to maintaining your home’s landscaping: pay someone to do it for you or do it yourself. For our DIY’ers, we’ve compiled a list of landscaping tools you’ll want handy throughout the year as you maintain your home’s property.
Invest in a good pair of outdoor gloves with a tight fit. These will protect your hands while completing your outdoor maintenance. There are many material options. Consider the type of outside work and purchase accordingly. Leather is thicker, but the material does not breathe. Cloth gloves breathe, but they do not offer a strong barrier between your hands and any potential thorns or splinters.
There are many options for your home’s lawncare needs: zero-turns, professional grade riding lawnmowers, and push mowers. Consider the size of your property and storage when making your lawn mower decision.
String/Lawn Trimmer/Weed Whacker
No matter what you call it, this tool comes in handy to eliminate weeds in hard-to-reach areas, or to add a nice edge to your garden beds.
Garden Hose and Sprinkler
For dry summer days, or after planting new plants, your garden hose and sprinkler will help establish roots and keep plants looking greener, longer.
Regardless of where in the country you live, a leaf rake can come in handy for many purposes – cleaning-up leaves, grass clippings, raking mulch, etc.
Long-handled Shovel – This shovel is multi-functional and is beneficial for digging and loosening soil. Long shovel handles provide more leverage, which will make digging easier on your back.
Handheld Shovel – Perfect for planting small plants or bulbs.
Flat Shovel – Because of its design, a flat shove, or spade shovel, is great to apply force. While not great at digging, the flat shovel is helpful when moving materials around (i.e. mulch, soil, gravel)
Edging Shovel – This shovel is specifically designed to make the edge of your garden beds clean and defined.
Snow Blower and/or Shovel – If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, be sure to invest in a the proper winter maintenance tools before the first big snow of the year.
Need to haul materials (i.e. mulch, leaves, stones, etc.)? Investing in a wheelbarrow will make transporting the material across your property much easier.
Need to trim trees or shrubs? Loppers are built to handle pruning of woody stems. This tool comes in a variety of sizes based on the diameter of the stems the lopper can cut.
Only purchase if you have hedges and consider a cordless model for ease of use. If using an electric model, ensure your extension cord is long enough to reach all areas of your property from your outdoor outlets.
Protect Your Property
These landscaping tools will help keep your yard in shape and make your property shine. Contact a team member to learn about financing options to make your home’s exterior dreams possible with a home equity line of credit.